If his desire to return home to Lompoc wasn’t so strong, Andres Cordova Jr. might be working on air conditioning and refrigeration units for Ice Capades in New York City.

Instead, Andres is LVMC’s Network Engineer in the Information Systems Department, managing all the critical technology equipment that keeps the hospital running.

After graduating Lompoc High School in 1993, Andres attended Universal Technical Institute in Arizona to learn about heating and air units. But instead of taking the job in New York, he returned to his hometown to work with his father at Bodger Seeds for a bit, before landing a job as a PC Tech with a contractor at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

After a decade on the base, he hired on at the hospital in the Information Systems department. Now, he helps keep all the hospital networks running efficiently – ensuring they are maintained, operating and up-to-date.

“One of the things I take pride in is if we don’t do our job, the doctors can’t do their jobs,” says Andy, who is also a youth sports coach in Lompoc.

“I really take pride in that we all have a vision for that one mission.”

In addition to ensuring employees’ computers are operational in every department, Andres’ job encompasses key elements of hospital operations, including the technology involved in a nursing call button at a patient’s bedside, the security cameras throughout the hospital, the badge entrance system for employees, cable installation to allow systems to communicate with one another from different facilities, and more.

“Technology is always changing. What I really love is that it exercises the brain. It’s challenging. I never sit down and do the same thing. Technology is non-stop. It makes me think every day. That’s what gets me going.”

Andres also supervises two PC technicians, a network engineer and a security engineer.

“My department feels like its family. It makes my job a lot easier. We know it’s a business. We come in and do what we have to do.”